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Texts and Tunes: What to Do When You Dread Your Bed

If you've ever had a night where your child asks for water three times, calls out to you to check under the bed — and in the closet and outside the window — for creepy crawlies or simply scampers into your bedroom paralyzed by her fear of the dark, you may want to check out Dawn Huebner's What to Do When You Dread Your Bed, $16.

The book skips the more passive sleepy time approach we get from classics like Good Night Moon and delves right into cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat children's problems with sleep. It explores "fears, busy brains and restless bodies" with tips for teaching children (I presume those ages three and up) to fall asleep and stay in a sound slumber without fear of the Boogie Man. If you're looking for a quick late night fix check out MSN's preview of the book's tips.

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I used to be afraid of the monsters under my bed, went through the whole routine of setting up my stuffed animal "sentinals" making sure no flesh was outside the protective covers. My mom didnt understand why no amount of soothing from her reduced my fears, so she sat outside my room one night (mothers intuition) which i shared with my older sister, and she hears my older sister saying to me "whats that under the bed, i thought i saw some eyes" and "is that one of your stuffed animals or a hand" nipped that in the bud, and i slept much better!
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